Get your kids excited about science!
The first ever Nebraska Science Festival is this weekend and will feature a dozen Omaha-area sites that’ll provide free science-related activities.
It’s perfect for families. All of the science- and technology-related activities are free – you just have to print out entry tickets online.
During the festival, each participating site will offer free admission and/or a free activity during specially designated times. Tickets can be found online at nescifest.com or in the Festival program guide. A limited number of guides will be available at the participating sites.
Kudos to the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the The Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures for hosting the festival in promotion of science literacy. Festivities kick off with a presentation by stand-up scientist Bill Nye on Friday at Joslyn Art Museum. Other highlights include the Dancing Scientist (photographed above) and the science expo.
Here’s a closer look at the Nebraska Science Festival sites and what each will offer:
City Sprouts Community Garden - Join us from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and get a head start on your garden. What makes seeds grow? What grows from seeds? How many different ways are there to plant seeds? We will answer these questions and more. Tour the gardens at 4002 Seward St. and then take home several types of seeds that you can grow in your garden. Free admission with a SciFest ticket.
The Durham Museum - On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a wide variety of booths to promote science and its impact in our everyday lives. Free admission with a SciFest ticket.
Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater - On Saturday at 2 p.m., Film Streams will present a special screening of the documentary “Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives. Following the film, a panel discussion will be presented by the Olson Center for Women’s Health. Tickets for the screening and discussion are $9 general, $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those arriving by bicycle, and $4.50 for Film Streams members.
Fontenelle Forest - Love birds? On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., participate in bird banding, guided bird hikes, raptor presentations by Raptor Recovery Nebraska and Fontenelle Forest staff members. You also can explore artifact tables and visit a booth staffed by Wild Birds Unlimited. Children can do an art/craft project. Free admission with a SciFest ticket.
The French Bulldog - On Sunday from noon to 2 p.m., discover “The Science of Charcuterie.” Participants will learn the science involved in curing meat from Bryce Coulton, head chef at The French Bulldog. Participants will learn about all the different techniques required to ensure that the meat is cured properly, will taste good, and is safe to eat. Must be 21-and-older to attend, $5 per person. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited.
Hot Shops Art Center - On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the art center will feature special Science of Art displays and free demos. Free admission with a SciFest ticket.
Joslyn Art Museum - Karin Campbell, the museum’s Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, will present three 20-minute talks about the Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie exhibit. The Sunday talks are scheduled for 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free admission from noon to 3 p.m. with a SciFest ticket.
Lauritzen Gardens - Life on Earth is sustained through a web of incredible interconnections. Explore this architecture of life in the “Nature Connects” exhibit at the Lauritzen Gardens, which features 27 larger-than-life sculptures built from nearly half-a-million individual LEGO® bricks. Free admission on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for one child age 12 and under with every paid adult admission with SciFest ticket.
Metropolitan Community College - On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., all ages are invited to explore various science disciplines through interactive activities with an underlying theme of energy or motion. “Science in Motion” will be located in the science area of the Mahoney building at the South Campus. Also on hand will be the Department of Health and Public Service with activities that include: Trauma Emergencies/Immobilization, Cardiac Station, Jaws of Life/Extrication Demonstration and Fire Hose Evolutions. Free admission with a SciFest ticket.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium - On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visit prehistoric and modern day animals at the Dinosaurs Alive: The Lost Valley exhibit. Discover how you can protect these modern day animals and habitats by touring the conservation research center and see where our researchers work. Dive in and discover the ocean by becoming a marine biologist. Spend your time identifying penguins and taking measurements for turtle research. Finish your adventure meeting and working with a paleontologist. Regular zoo admission. Redeem a SciFest ticket to receive a bag of fossils.
The Strategic Air & Space Museum - On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will offer a variety of hands-on activities in our Science Zone. Make a snowflake to take home, build your own hovercraft, launch paper rockets and much more. Be sure to be at the museum for a 1 p.m. presentation by Nebraska’s hometown astronaut, Clayton Anderson. Free admission with a SciFest ticket.
UNMC College of Dentistry, Lincoln - On Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the College of Dentistry at 40th and Holdrege streets on the UNL East Campus. You’ll also receive a brief overview of the college, have an opportunity to “play dentist” with dental simulators, enjoy other hands-on activities, and a demonstration of SimMan, medical emergency simulator. Free admission with a SciFest ticket.
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Check out momaha magazine’s March issue. In this issue, we talk about places to go and things you can do in Omaha to spark your child’s intrest in both science and math.